There's a lot of talk in the 1989 Legislature about accountability in government. Now lawmakers are saying accountability should extend to lobbyists as well.
The House Monday passed a bill that would require lobbyists to file detailed disclosure statements and to file them more often than they currently do. Under the provisions of HB300, lobbyists will have to file with the lieutenant governor's office once before the session starts, once during the session and once after the session is over.They also will have to disclose an itemized list of expenditures and the terms under which they are paid for lobbying. According to Rep. Frank Knowlton, R-Layton, the lobbyists are not too concerned about the bill.